TN: Outstanding Sat Night Wines: 2005 Descombes Brouilly VV; 2006 Lucia Susan's Hill Syrah

  • 2005 George Descombes Brouilly Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Brouilly (12/12/2009)
    Popped and poured, enjoyed over several hours. The nose on this is unreal, a haunting mix of funk, earth, red fruit, potpourri. Lyle hit it on the head with his Vosne reference. Joyous in the mouth, cranberries, cherries and other sharp red fruit flavors abound, supported by a spine of acidity. Long earthy finish. Great food wine, drawing the funk out of the cheese and enhancing the sweet smokiness of the grilled shrimp.
  • 2006 Lucia Syrah Susan’s Hill - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (12/12/2009)
    Decanted two hours, enjoyed over the next two. The first glass had that wonderful black olive tapenade nose, smooth mouthfeel, rich and thick. The second glass showed, as a friend stated so dead on, a nose of freshly baked warm brownies coming out of the oven. This nose, however, did not prepare for the explosion of black plum and black pepper that occurs in the mouth. The finish on this glass was incredibly peppery, complex and inviting. When drinking a wine like this, that has so many different tastes and textures, sweet, sharp, spicy, rough, smooth, it boggles the mind that so few people seem to enjoy California syrah. Obviously, I am not one of those!

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By “funk” do you mean bretty-dirty?


Had one of the Susan’s Hill Syrahs this past Friday night. Very tasty with roasted rack of lamb and Persian Pilau.